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Informers. Criminal jargon

sarti(Northwestern United States)
stool pigeon
tout (informers on republican organizations in Ireland)
grass (United Kingdom)
Dobber (Australia)
"To squeak" or "squeal" is also used as a verb to refer to informing.
“Shestiorki” - “sixes” and “skukachi” - “knockers” (Russian) – from knocking at a prison cell wall.
Other languages?

“To sing like a canary”; “Canary”

In Greece and Rome, and particularly against the emperors, informers (the Roman delatores) were a key part of the judicial system. They informed the Roman Senate about urgent matters important to the republic and later, the empire. In the Middle Ages, any Christian was put to death through the testimony (delatio) of another Christian would be sentenced to excommunication, according to the Synod of Elvira in circa 306 C.E.

Marta Andreasen, the Commission’s chief accountant, who refused to sign off the “sexed-up” accounts and thus to fleece member states in 2001, was first suspended and then removed from her post after a campaign of threats and public smearing, masterminded by Neil Kinnock.
Dougal Watt, a Scot and a Luxembourg-based EC employee, faced dismissal and said he feared for his life after exposing corruption, nepotism and, in his own words, “a cover-up of Mafia-style systematic EU fraud” in October 2002.
The same year, Paul van Buitenen, who worked in financial control at the Commission, also protested publicly and was given an unasked-for “special leave” to work from home.
Dr Schmidt-Braun, a senior Eurostat employee and another whistle-blower, was harassed into a nervous breakdown by her superiors and was then sent on an “indefinite sick leave” in September 2003.


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